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Cricket is also about smashing self-delusion to reality’s boundary

Cricketers are asked just as frequently to practise self-deception rather than opposition deception. And as millions of retired cricketers will testify, they need it, writes Neil Manthorp in Dhaka

STREET DOGS: Engineers

Professional investors may have more in common with engineers than other professions, writes Michel Pireu

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Car companies will autocorrect their tech troubles

This industry moves so fast that any legislation will be comically out of date by the time they get round to passing it, writes Alexander Parker

THE INSIDER: Stage set for Zuma’s take on Aesop’s fables

Nkandla. Picture: GCIS

Not all of the costs — such as the Nkandla amphitheatre decoys and security cluckers aka chickens — can be publicly disclosed for fear of compromising national security

Black businesspeople must capitalise on FSB move

Financial Services Board’s move has created many more opportunities than expected, but black capital has not aggressively taken advantage of them, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

Why the tribalism label is so hypocritical

Nomalanga Mkhize

President Jacob Zuma is not a tribalist, he is a conservative traditionalist, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Investors should cast net wide

Different disciplines offer ‘different models’ of best practice in the bewildering phenomenon of the investment world, writes Michel Pireu

ON THE WATER: Beware the face of the man in the ashtray

In an instance of pareidolia the face of SA’s next president appears in the ashtray and it is not Jacob Zuma’s, writes Neels Blom


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Meyer needs to realise there is nothing positive when the Boks lose

Bok coach needs to go back to basics because too often he is publicly applauding his players for coming second and finding the positives in defeat, away and at home, writes Mark Keohane

ON THE MONEY: Abil business rescue move may see shareholders pocket some money

Stuart Theobald promo

More really bad news for taxpayers, who are on the line for a R7bn guarantee, writes Stuart Theobald

SA cannot bank on bulwark against reckless racial agenda

New draft regulations suggest the Treasury is no longer able or willing to resist the racial agenda being pursued by President Jacob Zuma’s allegedly directionless government, writes John Kane-Berman

UNEMBARGOED: SA is crying out for unwavering, ethical leaders

Bantu Holomisa is a rare breed with unwavering ethical standing while the majority have chosen silence over the unpopularity and insults that accompany owning your beliefs, writes Songezo Zibi

STREET DOGS: Self-righteous

Institutional investors dumping a CEO because he is morally bad is like the Mafia bumping off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday, writes Michel Pireu

TWEET OF THE WEEK: How the public destroys infrastructure

SA’s disaffected public is behind the rampant destruction and theft of public resources on a staggering scale, writes Gareth van Onselen

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Uncle Gweezy’s principle of uncertainty

Peter Bruce promo

Our communists want to be like Chinese communists. Rich and secure. Gwede has just sent his own son to China to learn how to farm, writes Peter Bruce

Poor betrayed at the highest level by garnishees

Dismantling this dark system and ensuring that it does not return requires permanent vigilance, writes Jonny Steinberg

STREET DOGS: Why Johnny can’t sell

Michel Pireu: Everyone’s different, so there is no hard-and-fast selling rule , but it is vital that all investors have an exit strategy

Medical aid tweak a sign of health

It is now clear the initial legislation pertaining to prescribed minimum benefits was ill conceived and resulted in a series of perverse incentives, writes Bronwyn Nortje

LAW MATTERS: Marikana report fails in justice for the dead

Chapter 12 makes for harrowing reading, but the final Marikana report does little to convey the individual tragedy and travesty of their deaths, writes Franny Rabkin

THE INSIDER: Erudite EFF winning the war of words

Picture: THINKSTOCK

‘Nicodemously’ means pursuing one’s own agenda — and has gained currency in Africa and nowhere else

The battle of the DA newsletters

Western Cape premier Helen Zille makes waves with her own newsletter, showing up protege Mmusi Maimane’s embarrassment of platitudes, writes Gareth van Onselen

Crisis, what crisis? Unions a microcosm of denialism

If trade unions are working on the assumption that the good times will come again, they need to think again, writes Hilary Joffe

STREET DOGS: Charlie’s list

Charlie’s Almanac contains a 10-point investing checklist. Here is the short version from Michel Pireu

The DA’s policy fraud

The Democratic Alliance’s Vision 2029 is dishonest in its hyperbole and lack of meaningful policy — aided by a gulled media, writes Gareth van Onselen

ON WORK: A blast of common sense that frees us from appraisal farce

Lucy Kellaway promo

Lucy Kellaway: Should Deloitte and Accenture say sorry for all those useless annual appraisal systems they have prescribed in the past?

Obama’s African legacy is built on symbolism

US President Barack Obama’s visit a triumph of the ‘politics of symbolism’, but let’s not forget some of the most egregious US policies towards Africa, writes Adekeye Adebajo

How to put advice into action, that is the rub

Mzukisi Qobo promo

The OECD recommendations are useful in identifying macroeconomic challenges but deeper problems are to do with political will and institutional capacities, writes Mzukisi Qobo

HALF ART: Love and laughter in a time of misery and tyranny

Portia Zvavahera’s new exhibition offers an excellent example of identifying the presence of love, joy, passion and pleasure amid privation or oppression, writes Chris Thurman

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Fresh US wines foment division

Michael Fridjhon promo

One man’s masterpiece is another man’s chocolate box: harmonious or cacophonous, fresh or hackneyed, elegant or clunky — there are no broadly agreed guidelines, writes Michael Fridjhon

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Democracy wins as ANC lets go of Oudtshoorn

Dave Marrs promo

The acid test for South African democracy will be the African National Congress's willingness to hand over power when it loses an election, writes Dave Marrs

Great tale of finance grows stale from use

Advertisers need a powerful truth to work with or risk losing an audience to scorn, writes Suhana Gordhan

Explaining Lisps so you will not get tongue-tied

Three rules of house hunting are location, location, location, for investment they are diversification, diversification, diversification, writes Robert Laing

AT HOME AND ABROAD: A world in political flux with some sharp lessons for SA

Allister Sparks promo

The rating agencies are looming over us, waiting to give this country junk status ratings, writes Allister Sparks

Business unusual means bold strategy needed

One approach in these treacherous times could be to insulate the real economy by splitting the financial sector from the real sector, writes Xhanti Payi

Problem is too many people are employed

Leon Louw promo

Let’s not forget that high minimum wages turned our dear neighbour Zimbabwe into a nation of unemployed trillionaires, writes Leon Louw

Can union movement help to cure our economic ills?

Steven Friedman

Divide exists between complacent leaders, hard-pressed members, making unions less effective, eating away at internal democracy, writes Steven Friedman

SA patient’s time to take bitter pill not far off

State’s reluctance to institute suggested remedies may include fear of the side effects, writes Trudi Makhaya

LETTER FROM LONDON: Africa needs investment that stays in Africa

While some countries will continue to need development aid, what Africa really needs is investment, writes Marvin Meintjies

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